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Taco Bell opens Friday on Watertown’s State Street

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The area’s newest Taco Bell will open Friday at 540 State St.

The restaurant at the former site of the Greyhound bus terminal will open at 7 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for 10 a.m.

We are excited that we can continue to invest in the Watertown community,” Matthew Prouty, a partner with Hospitality Syracuse Inc., doing business as Taco Bell, said in a statement. “We have built a beautiful new Taco Bell and are looking forward to serving up everyone’s favorite tacos, burritos and quesadillas.”

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Site leveled for new State Street Taco Bell, Watertown’s second

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WATERTOWN — The former Greyhound bus station at 540 State St. is being razed to make way for the city’s second Taco Bell.

Customers will be able to satisfy their taco and burrito cravings when the 2,700-square-foot fast food restaurant opens later this year.

Heavy equipment was at the property on Wednesday to start site work at the corner of State and Winthrop streets.

The developer, Hospitality Syracuse Inc., planned to start construction in mid-April but was delayed until now.

In January, the new owner said it would take about three months to build once work began.

The developer acquired parcels at 514, 528 and 540 State St. for $400,000 from the two previous property owners to build the Taco Bell.

The restaurant will have a second drive-up window, which was not in the original plans.

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Watertown restaurants move to drive-thru window craze

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WATERTOWN — The Taco Bell on Arsenal Street will be the third local fast food restaurant adding another drive-thru window in response to changing market patterns following the pandemic.

The local Taco Bell is going through the approval process with both the city and Jefferson County planning boards to create a second drive-up window.

Taco Bell operators need to receive a site plan approval for the change and a zoning variance for a 5-foot setback requirement.

The existing single drive-thru lane becomes so busy at peak times that vehicles overflow onto Arsenal Street, said county senior planner Andy Nevin.

The operators of the Taco Bell are spending a lot of money for a long traffic lane around the restaurant that leads to the new drive-thru window, so Mr. Nevin assumes that the company has determined that customers like the convenience and quickness of using a drive-up window.

“With the pandemic, a lot of restaurants’ lobbies were closed and people had to use drive-thru windows,” he said.

Taco Bell’s decision follows Chipotle Mexican Grill adding a drive-thru window at the restaurant in City Center, a sprawling commercial plaza on Western Boulevard.

Customers will soon be able to order their burritos and other Mexican-inspired meals from Chipotle without getting out of their vehicles.

Customers will place their orders through the Chipotle mobile app or website, then pick them up in what the national restaurant chain calls a “Chipotlane,” all without having to leave their cars.

Just down the street, the Panera Bread restaurant is relocating to a former TGI Fridays solely because it wants to add the capability of a drive-thru window.

Danny Klein, editorial director for QSR (Quick Serve Restaurants) magazine, a publication for the fast-food industry, said national food chains are making changes to accommodate customer market patterns after dining rooms were forced to close at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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